The Skanderbeg Square is the main plaza in the centre of Tirana, Albania. The square is named after the Albanian national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu. The Skanderbeg Monument dominates the square.
In 1917, the Austrians built a public square, where the Skanderbeg Square is located todays. After Tirana became the capital in 1920, and the population increased, several city layouts were planned. During the time of the Albanian monarchy, 1928 to 1939, a number of buildings were constructed on the square, all of which were demolished during the communist period. The historical buildings were replaced the communists with the Palace of Culture, Tirana International Hotel and National Historical Museum that now surround Skanderbeg Square. After the fall of communism, a statue of Joseph Stalin was removed and replaced with the current Skanderbeg Monument. A statue of Albania’s leader Enver Hoxha was erected between the National Historical Museum and the National Bank. This statue was removed amid student led demonstrations.
Since June 2017, the square has been renovated and is now part of the largest pedestrian zone in the Balkans. The total area is about 40.000 square meters.
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